No Eagles fan will ever forget where they were and who they were with on December 19, 2010 at 4:19 p.m, arguably one of the five greatest regular season victories in the history of the franchise.
We all remember what happened. The Eagles trailed 31-10 midway through the fourth quarter. But a touchdown pass to Brent Celek, an onsides kick, a rushing touchdown by Michael Vick, a defensive stop and a touchdown to Jeremy Maclin, and the game was tied.
What happened next, well, I’ll let Merrill Reese (with a little Mike Quick thrown in) tell the story of what happened in the play that will forever be known as the New Miracle at the Meadowlands.
“Matt Dodge to punt. Gets a high snap. Gets it away. It’s a knuckler. Jackson takes it at the 35, fumbles it, picks it up, looks for running room. He’s at the 40. He’s at the 45. Midfield! OH! He’s at the 40! OH! He’s gonna go! DeSean Jackson! OH! I don’t care if he jumps, dives! He’s running around and he is in the end zone! And there’s no time! And the Eagles win! The Eagles win!”
Mike Quick’s jubilant yell of, “This is Miracle in the Meadowlands number two!” will forever be etched in Philadelphia Eagles’ lore.
The improbable touchdown was the first walkoff punt return touchdown in the history of the National Football League.
The comeback was the first in NFL history in which a team trailed by 21 in the final eight minutes and won in regulation. It virtually won the division title for the Eagles, which they officially clinched the following week when the Giants lost to the Packers.
Oh, and speaking of remembering what you were doing when the play happened, here's my celebration.